Razorback Harriers Seek 12th NCAA Cross Countr
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After claiming their 14th straight South Central Regional title on November 16, in Waco, Texas, the second-ranked Arkansas cross country team will look to claim their 12th NCAA cross country championship in Terre Haute, Ind., on November 25.
“At least we’re going,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “We had a tough district meet against SMU. We only beat them by two points. We left a few guys at home, but it was still kind of scary for a little while. We’re looking pretty good. I think that if we stay healthy from here to nationals on Monday we’re going to have a chance.”
Seven Hogs will represent the team in their quest to bring home Arkansas’ 37th national championship trophy. Junior All-Americans Alistair Cragg, Silverus Kimeli and Daniel Lincoln; juniors Westley Alkin and Chris Mulvaney; sophomore All-American Jason Sandfort; and freshman Luis Bordes will all run at 1:15 p.m. (ET) on Monday.
At last year’s championship Cragg was the SEC and UA’s top finisher when he crossed the line in third with a time of 29:10. Kimeli came in 13th (29:40), with Lincoln close behind in 19th (29:51). Sandfort turned in a time of 30:04 to place 32nd and Mulvaney finished 157th (31:33).
“We have two guys, Alkin and Mulvaney, fighting for that fifth spot,” McDonnell said. “We have four solid people up front that can run. If they do their job we have a shot. To beat Stanford we’ll have to have four guys finish in the top 25 and the fifth won’t have to be too far back, maybe in the top 35.”
Along with Stanford, the Razorbacks are one of the top contenders entering the 10,000-meter race at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.
“We’re still ranked No. 2 and Stanford is ranked No. 1,” McDonnell said. “They’ve got a lot of depth. Colorado is sort of in the same boat we are; they don’t have a lot of depth. But if they run their kid that was injured they could be pretty tough. Northern Arizona and Wisconsin are up there too, so it should be a real dogfight. But I like our chances.”
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